The evil of war & a little propaganda…

For some of you a video like the one below will probably stir in your hearts feelings of pride and patriotism but for me that is not the feeling. A video like this makes me sad! It stirs deep in my soul the reality of evil and specifically the evil of war. A video like this makes me long for Jesus and the day that we are promised is coming and will come in it’s fullness. Verses like Isaiah 2:4 begin to rattle around in my brain and my soul begins to recite the prayer Jesus taught us and that we say together every Sunday in church.

When I watch a video like this and hear a story like the one told it just assures me more and more that war is an evil and that followers of Jesus are called to be peacemakers!

[ here’s the video ]

 

A little propaganda… (I wanted to use the title :: “and the American Propaganda Machine” but I decided that might be a big strong.)

The title given in the video was “the lion of fallujah,” sound familiar? Jesus is the lion of Judah right? I could go into what that means but the thing that really strikes me is the propaganda like this that is blasted our way everyday. These kinds of phrases seem very intentional and also aimed at a certain segment of the population. It just seems like a little dirty pool to me. But I guess that is the way the machine keeps running.

My encouragement is found in two passages of scripture…

[ Matthew 6 ] “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” // The idea that a better day is coming and will come is the reality we live into. We are the means of it’s coming and we hope for it’s coming in fullness some day soon.

[ Isaiah 2 ] “He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”

Maranathan! [ come Lord Jesus, come! ]

PS :: i am always up for the conversation. I know A LOT of people might disagree with me, a lot of people i love and respect highly will disagree with me (maybe) but i would love to hear your thoughts.